Boyfriend arrested for alleged kidnapping, false imprisonment
Text message helps officers locate woman
Updated March 7: The San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office filed charges against Dominguez on Thursday for kidnapping, false imprisonment, making a criminal threat and inflicting bodily injury upon a spouse or cohabitant, according to court records.
LENWOOD • A text message between an officer and a woman helped lead to the arrest of her boyfriend for alleged kidnapping and false imprisonment, authorities said.
At 6:21 p.m. Tuesday, police received a call from a woman traveling inside a vehicle with her boyfriend in the area of the Chevron on Barstow Road. She claimed she was being held against her will and that her boyfriend threatened to kill her, Barstow Police Lt. Mike Hunter said.
Police units rolled to the location but couldn’t locate the described vehicle.
After police failed in their attempt to pinpoint her location through her cell phone carrier, the call was disconnected. When she called back, she couldn’t provide her exact location.
An officer was then able to reach her by text message and she provided an address on the 34000 block of Birch Road in Lenwood, according to Hunter.
While en route to the provided address, Barstow police notified the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, which also responded to the scene and had a unit from their aviation division already nearby.
Arriving officers to the address found the woman and spoke with her. They also found the boyfriend inside a white pickup truck on the property.
Vincent Dominguez, 31, was taken into custody and booked at the Barstow Sheriff’s Department Jail for alleged kidnapping and false imprisonment.
Dominguez is currently being held at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga in lieu of $250,000 bail, booking records show. He is due to appear at Barstow Superior Court today, according to booking records.
The District Attorney’s Office hadn’t filed charges in the matter as of Wednesday, court records show.
An attempt to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department was unsuccessful.
Shea Johnson may be reached at (760) 256-4126 or at SJohnson@DesertDispatch.com.